Cop shot in Belmont during struggle with teenager armed with illegal gun, police say

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An NYPD officer is recovering from a gunshot wound he sustained while attempting to arrest an armed teenage suspect in the Bronx on Tuesday night.

At 9:31 p.m. on Jan. 18, authorities said, six uniformed police officers responded to an unruly group of youths at 2356 Lorillard Place in Belmont when a 16-year-old boy approached a parked NYPD vehicle with his hands in his pockets, according to Chief of Detectives James Essig.

Essig reported that the teen refused to comply with commands to show his hands, leading to a physical struggle between an officer and the teenage suspect. During the scuffle, the suspect’s gun went off, unleashing a single round that passed through his groin and into the officer’s right leg.

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